Salvator Rosa, Carnarvon National Park Capricorn | Outback Queensland

Gaze at the impressive Spyglass Peak from the Spyglass Peak walk. Photo credit: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

Sunset over Salvator Rosa section Carnarvon National Park. Photo: Brendon Moodie © Queensland Government.

Spyglass Peak walk

Capture one of the many photo opportunities on offer at this unique sandstone monolith that dominates the skyline from every angle.

Journey type
1km return return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 30mins walking time.
Grade 4 walking track
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Accessible by

  • 4WD

Journey facilities

  • Lookout (constructed)
  • Walking

Amble into a shady woodland of yellow jacket eucalypt trees, so named because of their striking yellow-orange bark. Stop to marvel at the ‘China Wall’—a sandstone wall that looks like the ramparts of an ancient fort, complete with spyholes and arrow slits.

It is not far from the wall to the base of the impressive Spyglass Peak. Reaching high above the surround landscape, thousands of years of erosion and weathering have created this uniquely-adorned monolith. A 10m-wide hole at its peak frames the brilliant blue of Central Queensland sky behind, and provides inspiration for the name of this impressive feature.

Getting there and getting around

Spyglass Peak walk is in the Salvator Rosa section of Carnarvon National Park in central Queensland's Sandstone Wilderness, between Tambo and Springsure, and is accessible by 4WD only.

  • Spyglass Peak walk starts about 5km from the park entrance.
  • To reach Salvator Rosa from Springsure, drive 144km west along the Dawson Developmental Road to the Salvator Rosa turn-off and drive south 50km via Cungelella to the park entrance. From Tambo there are two routes into the park.

    • Drive 42km north of Tambo on the Dawson Developmental Road then turn east towards Springsure and drive 102km to the Salvator Rosa turn-off. Drive south 50km via Cungelella to the park entrance.
    • The second route is for high-clearance 4WDs via the ‘Wilderness Way’. From Tambo, drive 8km south on the Landsborough Highway, then turn east onto Mount Playfair Road (‘Wilderness Way’) and drive about 90km, then turn south at the intersection with Cungelella Road, and travel 30km via Cungelella, to the park entrance.

    Travel can be unexpectedly slow on these unsealed roads. Be aware of bull dust, sand and changing conditions—roads can become impassable after rain. Please respect the rights of property owners and leave all gates as you find them.

  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Spyglass Peak walk is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Salvator Rosa safely and Walk with care.

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.